recording of The Vicar of Wrexhill by Frances Milton Trollope.
A villainous vicar insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy but foolish widow, ruining the fortunes and happiness of her three children, until they begin to fight back. Published in 1837 by the mother of the better-known Anthony Trollope, this highly readable romance portrays the evangelical movement of the Anglican church in a shocking light that may remind readers of some of the religious abuses of the present day. (Summary by Angela Rowland)
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November 20, 2012
I have listened to most of the Anthony Trollope books found here. His plots and characters always have interesting aspects, but at some point I almost always become extremely annoyed with the endless descriptions of wills and inheritance-complications. When I saw the listing of a novel by his mother, Frances Milton Trollope, I was curious. I wondered how his mother's work would compare.
In a broad sense the themes do seem very similar, as the plot involves a questionable will and an interfering local vicar. But to be perfectly honest, I found this work superior and more daring than most of the son's novels. The pacing seemed better. I don't want to give away plot developments, so will simply say that an understanding of how the vicar's hypocritical and controlling teachings affect his own family are absolutely as relevant today. Odd that this work predates Anthony's novels by some 50 years, and yet in a very real sense it seems more modern. Perhaps this is because hypocrites and control freaks are always with us.
I must also add that the solo reader was excellent.